A life that motivates: Wheelchair-bound man travels world to talk peace
A cerebral attack at 12 robbed him of his ability to walk. But that has not stopped Sagar Parasari from going places to talk peace and fight negative attitude.
Parasari, 53, has addressed about 2.5 million students across 25 states in India and four countries – Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and United Kingdom. His mission is to help children and adolescents believe in themselves and realise life is worth living, whatever the handicap.
But Parasari had to fight with his inner demons before an insensitive auto-rickshaw driver made him a wheelchair-bound motivator.
“This auto-rickshaw driver, instead of taking me, said I was a burden on the society and was better off dead. I did not reply but his words kept echoing in my ears. I was determined to prove him and the world wrong. Here I am crusading for global peace, helping students be self-confident and make the earth a better place to live in,” Parasari told Hindustan Times.
Parasari, accompanied by his sister Anita Verma, was in Agartala to motivate students for positive thinking and peace. His itinerary also took him to Ambasa, his birthplace in Tripura.
Parasari had studied in a primary school in Ambasa until his father was transferred to New Delhi in 1971. His world came crashing down four years later after a cerebral attack affected his locomotion. He was confined to a room at home for two years, as doctors had advised his parents to keep him away from school.
“Doctors negated the chances of my standing up on my own feet again. From the window of my room, I used to see children go to school, play. My will to study was so strong that my father admitted me in a Hindi medium school in Netaji Nagar,” Parasari said.
He graduated in arts through correspondence, cracked the staff selection commission examination and got a job in the non-academic section of NCERT.
Parasari went his first motivation tour in 2000; it was self-funded. He got noticed after penning three books – Discovery of Peace in 2005, No War Never War in 2012 and Disability, Peace and Justice this year.
Today, he is a sought-after motivator, especially for the disabled.
“I know the tragedy of a physically challenged man. But I believe he also has the power to bring about a change in the society,” Parasari said.